Australia Day, celebrated on January 26, is observed as a public holiday in all States and Territories to enable residents to celebrate what's great about Australia and being Australian. It's a day to be proud and reflect on what this nation has achieved and re-commit to making an even better place for future generations.
Each year, Council hosts an Australia Day Awards presentation evening, recognising individuals and groups who have made outstanding contributions to the community or who have excelled in the sporting or cultural arenas.
Nomination forms and Award's Selection Criteria will be available about mid-September.
View the list of our 2017 Australia Day Awards winners
View the list of our 2017 Australia Day Awards nominees
Council's Australia Day Family Fun Day
Each year, residents can celebrate what's great about Australia and being Australian on January 26 at the region's major Australia Day Family Fun Day event. The program traditionally includes the national anthem and plenty of entertainment and activities for the whole family.
In 2017 celebrations were held at the Millennium Esplanade, Tannum Sands from 3pm to 7pm, followed by fireworks.
Council-supported Australia Day Community Events
To assist regional communities, Council offers donations to eligible groups to host Australia Day celebrations in their townships. These community events complement Council's main regional event held annually on January 26.
Members of not-for-profit community groups and organisations within the Gladstone Region were invited to apply for a donation to host a public 2017 Australia Day event through Council's Donations Program - Category 3 Regional Event Support Australia Day Event.
Applications for 2018 Council-supported Australia Day Community Events will open later this year.